Máirtín Staunton, irish flute plauer

Máirtín Staunton


Máirtín Staunton is a flute player from Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo, Ireland. His punchy, rhythmic style reflects the music of west Mayo whilst encompassing a modern and fresh outlook. Born into a musical family spanning generations Máirtín began playing music on the tin whistle at a young age. In 2011, under the tutorage of legendary Belfast flute player Gary Hastings, Máirtín quickly progressed on the concert flute.He completed the Diploma in Irish Music Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway, a course created and run by composer Charlie Lennon. This course comprised the recording of, arrangement, composition and performance of music as well as studying the rich history ofIrish music. Máirtín’s style of music is heavily influenced by Hasting’s playing but other influences, including Matt Molloy, Marcus Hernon, Harry Bradley, Mike Rafferty, and Josie McDermott are discernible in his music. He in turn is now passing on his love for flute playing and holds weekly flute classes in the Gaelic Club, Sydney.